Stipa arundinacea/ Anemanthele lessoniana/ New Zealand Wind Grass

by Genevieve

Anemanthele lessoniana

New Zealand Wind Grass is a stunning low-maintenance grass that keeps its glowing orange foliage all winter long. I occasionally have to prune out some dead bits here or there, which I do by grasping a small clump of dead foliage and cutting it out at the base so you don’t notice it’s been pruned.

Anemanthele lessoniana gets to 4’ around and 3’ tall, and will take even the worst seacoast wind. It’s also deer-resistant. It colors up all bronzey-orange in full sun, but is an attractive green grass in part shade as well. They’re gorgeous for highlighting any kind of green foliage, and I think they look great with plants that have purple flowers like Tibouchina/ Princess Flower or Salvia leucantha/ Mexican Bush Sage.


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Barb September 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

hello..can you tell me where I can buy some seeds of this grass? I live in Western Australia..thankyou

Genevieve September 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

I usually look on Dave’s Garden to find plant sources within the US. You might start your search there…

savannah April 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

hey how much do these usually cost

Genevieve April 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I don’t sell plants. Try calling this place:

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